CANADIAN GRAND PRIX
Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, Montréal
FIRST F1 GRAND PRIX: 1967
FIRST GP AT CIRCUIT GILLES VILLENEUVE: 1978
NUMBER OF LAPS: 70
CIRCUIT LENGTH: 4.361km
RACE DISTANCE: 305.270km
CANADIAN GRAND PRIX
In 1978, when Ontario's Mosport circuit was deemed unfit for grand prix racing, Formula One moved to Montreal, to the track then known as the Circuit Ile Notre Dame. The race was won by local hero Gilles Villeneuve and when the dashing French-Canadian was killed in a 1982 accident it was renamed in his honour. And with the exception of 1987 and 2009, F1 has visited every year since. A temporary facility, the circuit is defined by long fast sections ending in slow corners. It's very tough on brakes, the walls are close and it has a final chicane known as the 'Wall of Champions' due to its propensity to catch out even the finest drivers. Tough on cars and drivers due to the tricky surface and heavy braking, this is a proper track with a character all its own and almost always provides a thrilling race.
WELCOME TO MONTRÉAL
If the ingredients for a perfect grand prix venue are a great city, enthusiastic, knowledgeable fans, a characterful track and the opportunity to hit the shops then Montreal might just be the best of the lot. Montreal is simply a great town and one which celebrates its race in rambunctious style with a plethora of street parties, concerts and events taking place across the weekend, usually centred around the Crescent Street – Rue Sainte-Catherine area. The Old Town too offers plenty of great bars and restaurants and the city has a pulsating clubs scene. F1 folk love the trip to Montreal, so chances are you will too. The track is accessible by subway so there's no reason not to stay smack bang in the heart of the city centre action. If there's one caveat, it's that Montreal isn't the cheapest city in the world these days and hotel prices are massively inflated for race weekend, so budget accordingly.
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